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Two Canadian lottery scammers arrested

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Two Abbotsford, British Columbia, men were arrested Saturday by Bellingham police in connection with a lottery scam that cheated its victims of thousands of dollars.

James Richard Jongkind, and Daniel Mark Duerksen, both 25, were apprehended in a lottery fraud investigation that involves victims from across the United States.

"We are expecting to discover more victims and greater monetary losses as this investigation continues," said Police Chief Randall Carroll in a press release.

The investigation was sparked by the complaint of a 57-year-old California woman who called police Jan. 2 saying she'd been scammed out of $8,200.

The woman received a call in December from a man who identified himself as James Sithe, claiming to represent the Bank of America, who said she'd won $850,000.

The man told the victim that to claim her winnings she'd have to pay a one per cent cash fee to an attorney named John Anthony at an address in Bellingham.

The woman sent the cash and never heard from anyone again.

Police Detectives checked the address in Bellingham and discovered it was an active postal drop box which had just received another package.

After obtaining a search warrant police discovered another $3,000 cash had been sent from a man in Pennsylvania, who after being contacted, told them a story similar to that of the woman from California.

Officers put another package into the mail box and lay in wait for the suspects until they arrived to pick up the parcel.

Jongkind was arrested as he picked up the package, as was Duerksen who drove Jongkind to the outlet.

Jongkind claims to have been acting as a courier for an unknown man in B.C.

Both men have been charged with first degree theft.

Bellingham Police said further charges are expected as the investigation continues and that there are at least four other victims from different areas in the United States with losses may be close to $50,000.

Anyone who told they have won a lottery and must send money to any address in Washington State to receiving their winnings should call the Sgt. Ken Brown at the Bellingham Police Department at 360-676-6925.

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Posted: January 19, 2007, 10:52 pm - IP Logged

I don't understand why people fall for this??...

    jeffrey's avatar - moon
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    Posted: January 20, 2007, 2:24 am - IP Logged

    What punishment should they get? These people target the poor, ignorant and the old. The suffering they cause isn't covered by "first degree theft'; what about "malious mayhem"? A message must be sent to these predators. Life in prison under hard labor seems justified.

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      Posted: January 22, 2007, 6:26 am - IP Logged

      It certainly has to do something with age....  If anyone suggested that I must send a cash because I "won" something I would just laugh. It's older people buying those stories.

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        Posted: January 23, 2007, 11:54 am - IP Logged

        Two Abbotsford, British Columbia, men were arrested Saturday by Bellingham police in connection with a lottery scam that cheated its victims of thousands of dollars.

        James Richard Jongkind, and Daniel Mark Duerksen, both 25, were apprehended in a lottery fraud investigation that involves victims from across the United States.

        "We are expecting to discover more victims and greater monetary losses as this investigation continues," said Police Chief Randall Carroll in a press release.

        The investigation was sparked by the complaint of a 57-year-old California woman who called police Jan. 2 saying she'd been scammed out of $8,200.

        The woman received a call in December from a man who identified himself as James Sithe, claiming to represent the Bank of America, who said she'd won $850,000.

        The man told the victim that to claim her winnings she'd have to pay a one per cent cash fee to an attorney named John Anthony at an address in Bellingham.

        The woman sent the cash and never heard from anyone again.

        Police Detectives checked the address in Bellingham and discovered it was an active postal drop box which had just received another package.

        After obtaining a search warrant police discovered another $3,000 cash had been sent from a man in Pennsylvania, who after being contacted, told them a story similar to that of the woman from California.

        Officers put another package into the mail box and lay in wait for the suspects until they arrived to pick up the parcel.

        Jongkind was arrested as he picked up the package, as was Duerksen who drove Jongkind to the outlet.

        Jongkind claims to have been acting as a courier for an unknown man in B.C.

        Both men have been charged with first degree theft.

        Bellingham Police said further charges are expected as the investigation continues and that there are at least four other victims from different areas in the United States with losses may be close to $50,000.

        Anyone who told they have won a lottery and must send money to any address in Washington State to receiving their winnings should call the Sgt. Ken Brown at the Bellingham Police Department at 360-676-6925.

        My father had a stroke and my mother was dying and in his mind he becme very desparte to help her in any way he could, I was living out of state and he obtained altymers.  He received several phone calls from these criminals and mail as well. he lost his life savings and the perpetrators were never caught. They promised him the world and even had private meetings with him at his residence. Yes he was not inhis right mind, but it is so easy to take advantage of the elderly when they are sick

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          Posted: January 23, 2007, 11:54 am - IP Logged

          Two Abbotsford, British Columbia, men were arrested Saturday by Bellingham police in connection with a lottery scam that cheated its victims of thousands of dollars.

          James Richard Jongkind, and Daniel Mark Duerksen, both 25, were apprehended in a lottery fraud investigation that involves victims from across the United States.

          "We are expecting to discover more victims and greater monetary losses as this investigation continues," said Police Chief Randall Carroll in a press release.

          The investigation was sparked by the complaint of a 57-year-old California woman who called police Jan. 2 saying she'd been scammed out of $8,200.

          The woman received a call in December from a man who identified himself as James Sithe, claiming to represent the Bank of America, who said she'd won $850,000.

          The man told the victim that to claim her winnings she'd have to pay a one per cent cash fee to an attorney named John Anthony at an address in Bellingham.

          The woman sent the cash and never heard from anyone again.

          Police Detectives checked the address in Bellingham and discovered it was an active postal drop box which had just received another package.

          After obtaining a search warrant police discovered another $3,000 cash had been sent from a man in Pennsylvania, who after being contacted, told them a story similar to that of the woman from California.

          Officers put another package into the mail box and lay in wait for the suspects until they arrived to pick up the parcel.

          Jongkind was arrested as he picked up the package, as was Duerksen who drove Jongkind to the outlet.

          Jongkind claims to have been acting as a courier for an unknown man in B.C.

          Both men have been charged with first degree theft.

          Bellingham Police said further charges are expected as the investigation continues and that there are at least four other victims from different areas in the United States with losses may be close to $50,000.

          Anyone who told they have won a lottery and must send money to any address in Washington State to receiving their winnings should call the Sgt. Ken Brown at the Bellingham Police Department at 360-676-6925.

          My father had a stroke and my mother was dying and in his mind he becme very desparte to help her in any way he could, I was living out of state and he obtained altymers.  He received several phone calls from these criminals and mail as well. he lost his life savings and the perpetrators were never caught. They promised him the world and even had private meetings with him at his residence. Yes he was not inhis right mind, but it is so easy to take advantage of the elderly when they are sick